Mona Charen and Idiocy: Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter.

From my personal favorite failblog, the National Review Online, comes more idiocy from Mona Charen.  Are you surprised?

I’m not going to bore you with a long, drawn out dissection of this drivel.  TL; DR version?  “If Santorum is the nominee, people will be too distracted by the batshit insane things he says to pay attention to the key parts of the GOP platform.”

Which honestly, could be a good thing for the GOP considering the key parts of their platform.  But that is besides the point.  I just want to point out two extra special bits of wingnuttery.

Just as they were driven mad by Sarah Palin, they will be outraged by Rick Santorum. The campaign will be cluttered by the continual discovery of “controversial” Santorum quotes

Stop right there.  See those quotation marks around the word “controversial” in the above block quote?  I didn’t add them.  Look, I don’t care if you are the most conservative fundamentalist in America who agrees with every word that spurts out of Santorum.  Even you realize that at least some of the things he says are controversial.  Examples?

“Satan has his sights on the United States of America,” Rick Santorum claimed in a 2008 speech. “This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country – the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age? There is no one else to go after other than the United States and that has been the case now for almost 200 years, once America’s preeminence was sown by our great Founding Fathers.”


Rick Santorum told a group of Tea Party supporters that Barack Obama’s agenda runs counter to Christianity.

“It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology,” Santorum said.


In his book It Takes a Family, Santorum called “mass education” an “aberration,” writing, “It’s amazing that so many kids turn out to be fairly normal, considering the weird socialization they get in public schools.”

He defended his comments in February, asking, “Where else in America, outside of school, do kids go to a place where they sit with people basically the same age, same socioeconomic group, and interact for, for a defined period of time?”

Some more?

Santorum’s South Carolina campaign reportedly sent Jewish supporters holiday cards reading, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The text is from John 8:12 of the Bible’s New Testament

More, please.  (Previous examples from the HuffPo)

On contraception:

“It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

And possibly the most misogynistic thing I’ve heard this year from a serious political candidate:

SANTORUM: Well, you can make the argument that if she doesn’t have this baby, if she kills her child, that that, too, could ruin her life. And this is not an easy choice. I understand that. As horrible as the way that that son or daughter and son was created, it still is her child. And whether she has that child or doesn’t, it will always be her child. And she will always know that. And so to embrace her and to love her and to support her and get her through this very difficult time, I’ve always, you know, I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you. As you know, we have to, in lots of different aspects of our life. We have horrible things happen. I can’t think of anything more horrible. But, nevertheless, we have to make the best out of a bad situation.

Overkill?  Perhaps.  But I think I made my point.  If you are going to act like the shit Santorum says is only controversial to the left, and put quotes around the word, then you have sacrificed the right to have anyone take your opinion seriously.  People should point at you and laugh.

One more clip out of Mona’s editorial:

Republican party’s most important and compelling issues: the ballooning national debt, the gross expansion of the federal government into every realm of life, economic growth, the flaccid foreign policy of the Obama administration, and the vain pursuit of “green” energy at the expense of abundant domestic oil and gas.

Planet Winguttia.  (Apologies to Ed Brayton for stealing that.)  Where freedom is slavery, down is up, war is peace, slashing taxes for the rich somehow reduces the national debt, killing bin Laden makes you impotent, climate change is a hoax, and forcing a probe inside a woman’s body is small government.

Point and laugh, people.  Point and laugh.


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